There are few American politicians quite as controversial as Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who’s been in the role of Speaker of the House for some time now.
Of course, the role of House Speaker tends to add a bit of controversy to anyone’s resumé, given just how pivotal and powerful that particular political position is.
But Pelosi’s earned her fair share of criticism on her own as well, having recently been busted breaking San Francisco’s COVID-19 restrictions on hair care businesses while being one of the most adamant voices in Congress when it comes to coronavirus precautions.
In either case, a new poll seems to show that Pelosi’s popularity isn’t what it used to be.
Though Democrats’ House majority was nearly wiped out in last month’s election, the party appears poised to retain Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for a fourth, two-year stint as speaker next month.
A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows most Democrats think she should keep the gavel, but a majority of voters oppose Pelosi staying on as speaker. Only 31 percent of all voters think Pelosi should be elected as speaker when the new Congress begins, while 56 percent think she should not.
But self-identified Democrats say the first woman House speaker should stay on by a 20-point margin, 53 percent to 33 percent.
Unsurprisingly, a vast majority of Republicans are not in favor handing the gavel back to Pelosi, with 83% in opposition.
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